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Ford Performance Head Frustrated With V8 Supercars Situation

Ford has certainly faced its fair share of challenges in the current season of Australia’s V8 Supercars series, with its Ford Mustang racers slated to get a revised engine setup designed to eliminate rear tire lift and improve drivability, as well as a revised aero package that hasn’t exactly been a hit with the teams campaigning those cars. Ford Performance global head Mark Rushbrook previously expressed his desire for more transparency in this particular series – and now, he’s admitted that he’s displeased with the amount of time that it has taken organizers to level the proverbial playing field, according to Drive.

“Am I frustrated with Supercars? Yes,” Rushbrook said. “Do we evaluate our future in Supercars? We evaluate our future in every series on a very regular basis and we look for the ability to win races and championships. Any decision for any series, whether to join or to leave, is a difficult decision because we don’t want to be coming and going in different series. What I will say about Supercars is…I said I am frustrated. But they are starting to make the changes. I wish they would’ve done it before the season started, but they are making changes now to try and improve the situation. Supercars have certainly recognized…they need to update their processes and they are active.”

Rushbrook was quick to point to other racing series – like NASCAR – and noted that those entities are more transparent when it comes to the strengths and weaknesses of each team and the cars they campaign in. He also admitted that Supercars organizers could learn a thing or two from NASCAR. “I fully encourage NASCAR to talk to Supercars Australia and Supercars Australia to talk to NASCAR,” he said.

“The transparency of data that I can sit here in this building or I can sit on my couch at home and I can see what every car on a NASCAR track is doing…on every single lap. I can’t see that in Supercars,” Rushbrook added. “Without that transparency of data, it is very difficult for us as a manufacturer or for our teams…to truly understand what the differences are in the cars between the Chevy and the Ford on track, to know what changes to make within the parameters or restrictions of Supercars. It’s like a guessing game in many situations, but if the data was there it’d be different.”

Despite this obvious frustration, it is worth noting that Ford isn’t totally immune to success this season, however, as Anton De Pasquale piloted his No. 11 GT3 Mustang to victory at the Townsville 500 last month, even with the updated aero package in place.

We’ll have more Supercars coverage to share soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Mustang newsFord Performance news, and ongoing Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. BlueOval Ralph

    Typical Ford operation! Can’t do the job same thing in NASCAR just can’t get the job done! Very poor Areo programs in both Super Car and NASCAR? Poorly run Simulator programs!

  2. Matthew

    When you are naive and think a simulation is the same as knowledge, and fire the “old white guys” and turn the task over to ignorant young computer jockies instead of hard won engineers, you get crap results. Somehow GM has managed to stay an engineering company despite it’s brass. Ford is just fast talking sales men, who think product just magically happens.

  3. Kevin

    From wat i have seen and heard since the start of the season the Camaro straight out of the box is a fast capable car ……the Mustang has had problems right from the get go… this guy Rushbrook wants to blame Supercars…….maybe you need to just look at wat you have built

  4. Mark B

    I’m not sure what “more transparency” will bring comparing Chevy’s and Ford’s on the track…why hasn’t Ford purchased a couple of the competitors vehicles to explore what is different, and may be causing performance gaps? This is done all the time by competitors. Unless, as suggested above, the real engineers aren’t available to make these comparisons?

    If you’re not winning, find out why. Don’t whine about it!


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